Sunday, 24 May 2015

King of Kemensah Trail 2015 - The Sweeper Version

First of all, let's not get confused between this race that was organised by PACat Adventure Team and the one that was organised by Asian Trail Explorers in April called Kemensah Krazy.

King of Kemensah Trail or called simply KOKT was held on Sunday, May 24th, 2015 and one of three "King" Series.

The first of the King series was the King of Bukit Larut which was held in April (race report here). The second one was this King of Kemensah Trail and the third one will be the King of Sungai Lembing, which will be held on August 9, 2015.

I didn't join this to run but volunteered instead and was assigned sweeper duties (well, hubby and I requested for it and the organiser let us do it). For non-runners, a sweeper mean a person who ensures that the last runner arrives safely back and ensure nobody gets left behind in a race or lost.
Race directors and volunteers were still attending to participants coming to collect their race bibs late evening on Saturday. The REPC was held on Saturday and also the morning of the race itself.
Super hardcore PACat team's volunteers.

Hubby, Son and I lepaked at the Perpustakaan Desa in Kampung Kemensah for the night and "pretended" to help out a bit. Ahahah
Sunday started rather early for us volunteers as we needed to report to the race venue at 4:30am. It was easier for us as we spent the night there. ^^
And runners turned up early as some had yet collected their bibs and only did so on race morning.
After race briefing and singing of the national anthem, runners for the 21K category was flagged off at 7:30am by YB Tuan Haji Saari, ADUN Hulu Kelang.
15 minutes later, the 10K category was flagged off.

This was a rather small event with the number of participants being capped at a mere 250+.

Just as hubby and I were making our way to hit the trails, about an hour after the 21K start and 45min after the 10K; the first runner for the 10K category arrived.
The 10K Men category winner! Congrats. He did it under 44 minutes, if I'm not mistaken.

So after his arrival, hubby and I quickly made our way to the trail. I took along my camera as I planned to also take photos of runners that passed us while we "sweep" the trail route.
2K into the route the first and eventual Men 21K category winner passed us. He finished in 1:37! Congrats!

KOKT is a mix of 10% road and 90% road and pretty soon, we arrived to the trail head and headed into the trail section of the race.
As I was already wasting time with the stops I made each time a runner approached so that I could take their photos, whenever there was a gap between runners, I'd sprinted ahead and kept watch of approaching runners.

I wasn't the official photographer and any good at taking running photos but it's something I like to do, and hey! I wanted to do it!  Though of course, at times I wasn't ready and the photos came out, out of focus. A few runners complained about it, and I'm sorry for being a lousy photographer but here's the deal - if you don't like your photo, do let me know. I can delete it for you.
Pretty soon a friend came blazing past me and she later became the first runner up for Women's 21K category! Congrats Hanim!

As hubby and I continued moving and runners were already making their u-turn for the finish line, I managed to take photos of runners at different section of the route. On flats, inclines and declines. And most, just like me when I run, were happy to pose for the camera. ^^

There were two professional official photographers, if I am not mistaken, who had stationed themselves somewhere along the route too.

We bumped into the last two runners just as we were approaching Lubuk Tedung, and it was just a matter of checking out the last CP and WS at the river before making our way back.
At CP4. The last CP. The volunteers who manned this CP had actually camped and spent the night there. They had already finished packing and did the clearing up and was preparing to head down.

And we did too. We took a couple of trash bags in case we needed to pick up any rubbish, but from our observation on the way up, the trail was clean and clear of any rubbish! There wasn't even a stray empty bottle since! Bravo to the runners of KOKT for keeping the trail and to the volunteers too for cleaning up.
Unused, unopened mineral water ready to be collected by volunteers on scramblers and motorbikes later.  Empty and used mineral water bottle were all been taken down, I presume by the volunteers themselves.

We arrived to the finish line at 12:30pm, and almost everyone had left the race venue by this time.
Ate some nasi lemak with a couple other volunteers, who manned CP3 earlier, rested a bit, listened to post-mortem before bidding our goodbye.

PACat Team's next adventure will be at Sungai Lembing, which I had mentioned earlier. I'm not sure whether to register or to volunteer. I wonder if they'd let me be the 50K sweeper? ^^

Congrats and well done to all runners of KOKT! 

Friday, 22 May 2015

A Preview - Iftar Ramadhan Al Mubarak At Silka Maytower

Imagine spending hours on your feet along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (Jalan TAR), Jalan Masjid India, Jalan Bunus and the surrounding area during the fasting month for your Raya shopping. And after all that hard "workout", wouldn't it be nice to sit back and enjoy a delicious, affordably priced buffet in comfort? 
That's what came to my mind when we arrived to Silka Hotel Maytower for a preview of their Ramadhan Iftar buffet promotion. Having Jakel right across the street of this hotel doesn't hurt either. Hahaha
What Silka Hotel offers for their iftar/buka puasa are a delightful spread of familiar, kampong dishes. Good 'ol kampung stuff.

I was informed the signatures dishes will be rotated on daily basis and the highlight at Silka Maytower, according to the General Manager, Mr Henry Loo are the asam pedas spread.
Ooooh, the asam pedas batang keladi sure bring back memories of sahur (pre-dawn meal) of my childhood.
Good thing my boys were free to accompany me for the preview that evening. Much more convenient when the big boy can drive me over to the hotel too! Hehehe

Some of our personal favourites, from the spread that evening...
 Daging masak lemak - the non-cili padi version though. ;-)
 Keli masak berlada.
From the grill section - nasi arab (actually forgot the name lah...), kambing golek and sup tulang. That's hubby's plate, right there.
Sambal udang petai is my fave!!!
So is the mussels too. ^^

Fom the grill section :
Roti John in the making. There were murtabaks too. A "whole" kambing was being grilled behind the chef. Couldn't get a decent shot of it.
The usual suspects - satay.
Mee bandung from the noodle section.
Lemang, ketupat, rendang and serunding. Feeling rather festive and "Raya"-like, aren't we? hehehe
At the desserts section, there were an assortments of local kueh and pengat too. My fave - pengat labu. Son had pengat pisang. Yum yum.
And they happen to have my fave fruits too!

If only Silka Maytower served durians, I would be 200% happy. LOL

But all in all, a good buffet spread and we had  and enjoyed a good meal. ^^
Silka Maytower Executive Chef - Mohd Fazi bin Ramli

Apart from Silka Maytower, which was the one we went to on Monday for the preview; other Silka hotels are also having buka puasa/iftar promotions and all branches offer quite an attractively priced buffet.

Silka Maytower, Kuala Lumpur
La Maison

Iftar Ramadan Al Mubarak

18 June to 16 July 2015
6.30pm to 10.30pm

Break fast with more than 100 dishes such as Pecal Desa, Sup Tulang Rawan, Briyani Kambing, Bendang Daging, Curry Fish Head and many more mouth-watering favourites.

RM90.00 nett per person
RM40.00 nett for children aged 4 to 12 years

Prices are inclusive of 6% GST

50% discount for the first FIVE days and last FIVE days

For more information or to make a reservation, please call +603 2692 9298 or visit http://www.silkahotels.com/maytower


Silka Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
Curvz Café
‘Juadah Kampungku’ Pilihan Izreen Azminda

Buka Puasa Buffet

18 June to 16 July 2015
6.30pm to 10.30pm

18 to 23 June 2015
RM 40.00 nett per person
RM 35.00 nett for children aged 4 to 12 years

23 June – 16 July 2015
RM 75.00 nett per person
RM 35.00 nett for children aged 4 to 12 years

Prices are inclusive of 6% GST

For more information or to make a reservation, please call +603 9100 1133 or visit www.silkahotels.com/cheras


Silka Johor Bahru
Citra Rasa Silka

6.30pm to 10.30pm
Checkers Cafe (18 June - 15 July 2015)

RM66.00+ per person
RM33.00+ for children aged 4 to 12 years

Ixora Ballroom (26 June – 11 July 2015)
RM38.50+ per person
RM19.25+ for children aged 4 to 12 years

Prices not inclusive of 6% GST

For more information or to make a reservation, please call +607 360 1000 or visit http://www.silkahotels.com/johorbahru  

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Putrajaya Night Stroll

We had actually wanted to stroll by the lakeside near Presint 4 last Saturday; me, hubby and son, but Presint 4 was abuzz with activities in preparation for Royal FLORIA Putrajaya which will happen from May 30th till June 7th.
 
Decided to skip the area, although I have to say, the few times we did actually ran past Presint 4, it does look really nice with new displays and exhibits. Love the windmill garden there too (dunno what it's called).
 
Instead, we parked at Taman Seri Empangan and just walked towards Pullman Hotel and "lepak" at the manmade beach nearby.
 
The lakeside nearby the bridge was busy as it is now the place for the assembly of floats. That, plus picnickers and some JK1M (I think lah) participants who were training that night plus joggers and cyclists made the area a hive of activity.
 
Nice to see people enjoying the outdoors.
 Enjoying the night time view and lights of Putrajaya.
The floats in construction nearby the Jambatan Seri Gemilang. Quite interesting to see the assembly of the floats there.
 We even got to see a musical fountain display near the Marina Putrajaya.
Such a fun night for the three of us. Plus we get to exercise a bit too. ^^

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

PRESS RELEASE : SCKLM 2015 Receives Over 25,000 Entries In 48 hours!

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015 has received over 25,000 successful registrations in just 2 days. Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd. & Event Owner and Organiser of SCKLM would like to thank all participants for their amazing support.

Entries for the 1 km Kids Dash, and the MSIG 10 km Cruise and Leisure category is closed as the categories have reached full capacity.

However, the 3 km Kids Dash, 5 km Fun Run, MSIG 10 KM Speed Category, Honda Half Marathon (21.095 km), and the Marathon (42.195 km) is still available.

All race registration fees are now at normal rates as all early bird entries are sold out.

Registration closes once it reaches 35,000 entries.

For any further clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
David Joshua Lau | 603.7493.5588 | david@my-essence.com
Hijas Fizzri | 603.7493.5588 | hijas@my-essence.com

For more information on Standard Chartered KL Marathon:
Gloria Ng | 603.7887.4717 | 2015@kl-marathon.com

For more information and updates on SCKLM, please visit:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SCKLmarathon
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SCKLmarathon
Instagram: https://instagram.com/SCKLmarathon
Website: www.kl-marathon.com

Monday, 18 May 2015

PRESS RELEASE : STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON RETURNS FOR THE 7TH TIME

35,000 runners from all around the world expected to participate in Malaysia’s premier running event.

Kuala Lumpur, 18 May 2015 – Malaysia’s premier running event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) returns for the 7th time to test the physical and mental endurance of runners.

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015 has been confirmed to be held at Dataran Merdeka on Sunday, 4th October.
Officially launched at the Standard Chartered KL Park, the event was officiated by the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Yang Berbahagia Datuk Seri Hj. Ahmad Phesal bin Hj. Talib. All categories of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon will be open for registration from 18th May onwards.

35,000 runners from all around the world are expected to participate in various distance categories, positioning Standard Chartered KL Marathon as an international sporting event that is accessible to everybody, from all walks of life. Since its inception, over 115,000 runners from more than 48 countries have participated in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon.

The running routes that were launched last year have been well received by runners and will be maintained for this year. Runners will start from the historic Dataran Merdeka, with the full marathon route taking them through highways which provides them a vista of the scenic cityscape of Kuala Lumpur.

Elite runners will also be competing for a total of USD 125,000 in prize money; making the Standard Chartered KL Marathon one of the most lucrative races in Malaysia.
“The Standard Chartered KL Marathon is an annual event that appeals to everyone. What we hope to achieve is a great and memorable experience not just for runners but for spectators, supporters and volunteers alike. We are also looking forward to welcoming international runners and supporters and we hope that they will bring with them good memories when they return home,” said Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd.

“The Standard Chartered KL Marathon is also an endurance challenge of both mental and physical abilities and promises to put elite runners to the test. Every year, we look forward to somebody breaking our race record which currently stands at 2:14:45,” he adds.
“As the proud title sponsor of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, we are delighted to be involved in an event that has put Malaysia on the sporting world map. We also hope to inspire and motivate runners to give something back to the communities and support a good cause in line with “Run for a Cause”, the theme for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon,” said Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia.

To celebrate Standard Chartered Bank’s 140th anniversary, the Bank recently ran a contest on SCKLM’s Instagram account inviting participants to submit the best photos of the Marathon. A total of 140 winners were selected, and they won complimentary entries to the Full Marathon.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has also positioned Kuala Lumpur as an ideal destination for sports tourism. In recognition of this effort, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon was awarded the ‘Platinum Award for Events Category’ at the 2014 Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards; making it the only running event to have won the award.

The 2015 Standard Chartered KL Marathon is once again made possible by title sponsor Standard Chartered Bank, and along with event owner and organiser, Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd. and co-organiser Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.
It is also supported by Gold Sponsors, MSIG Insurance and Honda Malaysia, as well as Official Partners, Seiko, Pacific Regency Hotel Group and F&N. Race owner and organiser, Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd. also welcomes German sports-goods maker; adidas who is the Official Apparel brand for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015. Additionally, Salonpas, GP Battery and Repucom join the Standard Chartered KL Marathon as Official Suppliers completing the list of supporting brands.

Registrations for the race will open from 18th May onwards, and runners interested in signing up can register at www.kl-marathon.com.

For more information and updates on SCKLM please visit:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SCKLmarathon
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SCKLmarathon
Instagram: https://instagram.com/SCKLmarathon
Website: www.kl-marathon.com

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